Red-shouldered Tanager - Tachyphonus phoenicius
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Red-shouldered Tanagers are found in parts of South America. The sexes are sexually dimorphic with the males being all black except for a small red and white patch on the shoulder. Females have brownish gray upperparts, grayish white underparts and a dusky-colored mask.
Diet: Red-shouldered Tanagers forage for seeds, ants, spiders, and other insects from the ground up.
Courtship: No information found. They generally travel in pairs but will travel singly and in small groups.
Nesting: Red-shouldered Tanagers build an open cup nests of grass that is placed on the ground that is concealed in clumps of grass or near bushes. 1-2 grayish eggs with chocolate brown markings are laid.
Habitat and Range: They are found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. They prefer semi-open areas of savanna and scrub.
Vocalization: They produce a weak low-to moderate-pitched 'chup' or 'cheup', a high-pitched 'tsit' and soft 'chips' while foraging.
Plumage/Molt: No alternate plumage and probably molt annually like other tanagers.
Tongue/feet: Gray legs and feet.
- http://en.wikipedia.org The Free Encyclopedia, Accessed June, 2013
- Isler, Morton L. and Isler, Phyllis R., The Tanagers: Natural History, distribution, and Identification,Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1987
- http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/home The Cornell Lab of Ornithoogy Neotropical Birds, Accessed June, 2013